For busy Mumbaikars

Want a sandwich, The Kite Runneror a window seat for your Volvo ride to Goa? Now you get it all online. Malay Desai goes site-seeing to test whether you should sign up or simply press Alt+F4

   
Order food    

www.mealtree.com
Taking a cue from their daily food-ordering habits, citybased professionals Ashish Agarwal and his brothers conceptualised Mealtree. Albeit not a novel idea (many western cities, for example Durban, have centralised helplines and ‘menu directories’), Mealtree attempts to bring in all major restaurants and fast-food chains under one roof. UPSIDE: We placed an online order (rolls from Wraps and Rolls), and promptly got a call for confirmation. The delivery took the usual time it would have had we ordered directly. What impressed us was the user-friendly menus, where you can easily order from multiple places. There was also the option of mentioning exactly how spicy we wanted our chicken roll.

DOWNSIDE: We didn’t find McDonalds on the site and all items under Garcia’s were dysfunctional.
   
Look up a book    

www.librarywala.com
Our ‘time-less’ city life coupled with the love for books prompted IT professional Hiten Turakhia and his buddies to kickstart India’s first online circulating library last year. It is ideal for professionals with five-day weeks who tremble at the prospect of visiting a library or buying expensive books. UPSIDE: We shelled out Rs 2,398 (out of which Rs 500 was refunded because of a new special offer) to opt for a plan which gives three books per month, for a year. After ‘queuing up’ for The Kite Runner online late one night, we received it the next afternoon.

DOWNSIDE: Its collection is all-English. It won’t have Stephen King’s On Writing — which your nearby raddiwala may have. Nor will it have recently-published books (like Binoo John’s Entry from Backside Only) which your bookshops will have. Also, some popular books like Maximum City, which are always in circulation, may take longer to arrive.
   
Book movie, play or    concert tickets    

www.bookmyshow.com
Unlike some ventures of the Network18 stable, this one doesn’t seem like a strategic investment. In fact it is promoted by Bigtree Entertainment, an info-solutions provider. Good for us, we thought, since almost all the multiplex websites require boring registrations and bug you with emails forever.

UPSIDE: The portal also offers play and concert tickets. It is really simple now to make it to a play at Prithvi or Anoushka Shankar live. And we don’t even mind the extra charge. DOWNSIDE: We decided to test-drive Jodhaa Akbar and found that there were hardly any Fame cinemas on the list. Also, the site only accepted payments through credit card and not direct net-banking. However, it hurt most when they levied a Rs 15 ‘con’venience charge on each ticket. Why on earth should we pay that if the multiplex helplines were ready to book tickets via a phone call?
   
Book bus tickets    

www.redbus.in
This one, too, has an interesting history: it was born out of the frustration of a bunch of Bangalore-based IT professionals who always suffered before travelling due to overbooking and unpredictable schedules. Today, they’ve quit their well-paying jobs and their portal boasts of a tie-up with over 250 operators across India’s smallest towns.

UPSIDE: We pretended we wanted to head to Goa overnight, logged on and printed an e-ticket in no time. We also tried the delivery, which lived up to promise and was cheaper than it’s competitor. As for cancellations, they can be done online, 24 hours before departure. What’s most impressive? You can select the boarding point nearest to you after looking up the route online.
DOWNSIDE: If only they would let us select the movie to be shown en route! We won’t have to watch films like Partner.

No good!

www.ticketvala.com
We checked out another site – which lets you rents cars and book hotel rooms too, but found it’s not half as good.Ticketvala’s site promises more and delivers less (we’re still waiting for a call for a request we made last week). It charges more for delivery and cancels tickets only 36 hours before departure.

   
Grab a DVD    

www.clixflix.com
Mumbai’s cinema lovers have never had it better. Today, we have many international fests, a classic movie club and a just-launched world cinema channel. This portal is among many side-effects of a booming entertainment industry in India. It says its powered by ‘hardcore couch potatoes’, but we found it does little to encourage the movieviewing habit.

UPSIDE: Still looking…
DOWNSIDE: On registration, we found out that its online store stocks only DVDs. We regret this sorely, since Moser Baer sells VCDs at a throwaway 28 bucks! Secondly, they didn’t deliver on a Sunday and shockingly showed up zero results when we searched for common retro movies like Anand and Guide. All this, after a security deposit of Rs 2,000! Not worth your while, we say.

Better options

www.seventymm.com
It’s one of the better-known DVD rentals and deservedly so. It offers a million things for the film buff. It has an impressive regional-language stock and lets customers keep their DVDs as long as they want.Another DVD rental site, www.cinesprite.com, is as good and cheaper.

Buy Movie Tickets online

Click on the theatre name to see which movie its playing and how to book online.

PVR Cinemas     Cinemax     24Karat      Adlabs       Fun Republic         

IMAX Adlabs, Wadala

Online booking: The impressive, under-friendly interface tells you to click to indicate number of tickets, name of the film you wish to see, preferred day, show time and the class from a drop-down list, enter your login id and password and… you are greeted with: This page cannot be displayed. We wish one of the largest multiplex chains had an online registration process that worked.

Home delivery: The customer service executive who answers the phone is courteous, and even thanks you for your “patience” when he takes a minute to confirm availability of tickets. You need to call at least seven hours before show time to avail of home delivery, he tells you.

They deliver tickets to Chembur–71, Sion-22, Ghatkopar (E)-77, Wadala (E)-37 and Wadala (W)-31, if you want home delivery for a show on that very day. Extra charge: Rs 10 per ticket delivered. Delivery timing: 10 am to 8 pm (residence) and 10 am to 6 pm (office).

Telebooking: No service.

Report card: 2/5

PVR, Juhu

Online booking: Log on to www.pvrcinemas.com. It was quick and easy. Register for free, and your account will be
activated. Select region, cinema, movie and date, preferred show timing, number of tickets, seating preference.

Check ticket details, put in credit card number and submit. Note your Transaction ID; it must be mentioned at the time you collect tickets at the counter. Online tickets must be booked at least 2 hours before the show. Tickets bought online, cannot be cancelled, exchanged. Your credit card needs to be presented at the counter at the time of collection.

Home delivery: For the same day’s show, they deliver only to Juhu, Bandra (W), Santacruz (W), Vile Parle and Andheri (W). Otherwise, anywhere in Mumbai. Extra Rs 10 per ticket. Ordering tip: Call during the day, because post 6 pm, it’s impossible to get through.

Home delivery: Arrive 45 minutes before show. Extra Rs 10 per ticket. Call 25657777.

Report card: 4/5

Cinemax, Infiniti Mall, Versova

Online booking: Log on to www.cinemax.co.in, register, pick theatre, film, show time and date. Provide credit card details. You will be given a confirmation number which you need to carry for the movie.

The website is easy to navigate and the seating chart is updated at all times. But it doesn’t provide your with any rules, regulations, or steps to carry out the booking process. If you are a first-timer, you could waste a few minutes trying to figure things out.

An Internet booking query number scrolls on the top of the website; if you are lucky, you’ll get through. Dial the tele-booking facility in case of an emergency; they are bound to solve your problem.

Home delivery: If you live in South Mumbai, but want to catch a film at Cinemax, Andheri, you have to book 2 days in advance. Once you have booked the ticket, the customer executives will give you a time period within which the courier is expected. It usually ranges between 8-12 hours; if the movie is doing well, despite staying in the suburbs, tickets might not be available six hours before. You will need to book a day in advance. On delivery, the payment has to be made in cash, and you will have to shell out an additional Rs 12 per ticket.

Telebooking: Call 26841616. It’s prompt and doubles up as a hotline for all sorts of queries regarding Cinemax. You can book the show and time, but make sure you reach 45 minutes before the show. It didn’t take too long to connect to a customer service executive, and he was well informed about booking procedures.

Report card: 4/5

Fame Malad

Online booking: Fastest and most convenient as far as this multiplex chain is concerned. Payment for online booking is done through credit card. Log onto www.famecinemas.com, select movie, city, multiplex location (Adlabs, Malad, Dadar, Kandivali or Thakur) date of the show.

The film’s schedule unfolds on entering the date, but the location menu is unpredictable and won’t show some of the options (like Fame Dadar and Fame Kandivali) sometimes. You need to login to be able to book tickets online. It took 5 minutes, and then we selected the class, number of seats and location.

The food combos (an unhealthy mix of popcorn, samosas, Pepsi and French Fries in Family, Couple and Single combos) can be bought online. There is a convenience charge of Rs 10 per ticket and the cardholder has to be present while picking up tickets.

Home delivery: The always-busy customer service personnel on 66991212 informed us that the courier person would be home “any time before 9 pm”.

So, if you are a working person, it’s best to ask for tickets to be delivered to your office. If the courier man doesn’t find you on the day of delivery, he won’t return.

Fame has only one customer service number (66991212) for home delivery as well as credit card booking, that too for ALL its multiplexes in Mumbai. Obviously, we had to hold the line for a good 8 minutes to get through.

Telebooking: No service. 

Report card: 3/5

What’s new?

M tickets at Fame

But it was a waste of time Hutch and Airtel subscribers have the option of dialing 5053263 to book tickets (current, advance and home delivery) through a Master/Visa credit card.

This option works on IVRS too, and the voiceover enthusiastic-close-to-orgasming kept us entertained. But compared to online booking, this procedure is very long winded, and the voiceover often borders on annoying.

After 10 minutes of listening to all the titles of the movies showing, we were informed that the tickets for Shrek 3, were sold out. What a waste of time!

List of Multiplex Cinemas in Mumbai

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Name Address Phone
Imax Adlabs Bhakti Park
Anik Wadala Link Road
Mumbai – 400037
Phone: 2403-6606
Fax: 2403-6169
Email: imax@adlabsmultiplex.com
R Adlabs 3rd Floor, R Mall
L.B.S Marg
Mulund (W)
Mumbai – 400080
Phone: 6555-0400
Fax : 6555-0939
Email: radlabs@adlabsmultiplex.com
INOX Nariman Point CR2, II floor,
Opposite Bajaj Bhavan,
Nariman Point,
Mumbai – 400021
Phone: 6659-5959
Email: npoint@inox.co.in
Cinemax Andheri Behind Gurunanak Petrol Pump
Andheri Kurla Road
Andheri (East)
Mumbai – 400069
Phone: 2684-8321 / 2684-8323,
Fax: 5691-6512
Email: andherie@cinemax.co.in
Cinemax Infiniti Mall Infiniti Mall
Off New Link Road
Andheri (West)
Mumbai – 400053
Phone: 2631-3355
Fax: 2637-5297
Email: versova@cinemax.co.in
Cinemax Goregaon S.V.Road
Near Goregaon Police Station,
Goregaon (West)
Mumbai – 400062
Phone: 2876-4269 / 2876-4270
Fax: 2876-0505
Email: goregaonw@cinemax.co.in
Cinemax Kandivali Trikamdas Road
Sona Shopping Center
Near Railway Crossing
Kandivali (West)
Mumbai – 400067
Phone: 2864-7164
Fax: 2808-4245
Email: kandivaliw@cinemax.co.in
Cinemax Sion Sion Circle
Sion
Mumbai – 400022
Phone: 2404-1130 / 2401-8176
Fax: 2404-2643,
Email: sion@cinemax.co.in 
Fame Adlabs Plot No.621
Oshiwara
Andheri Link Road
Mumbai – 400053
Phone: 6640-3600
Fame Goregaon 2nd Floor
InOrbit Mall
Goregaon Malad Link Road
Goregaon (W)
Mumbai
Phone: 6649-0490
Fame Raghuleela Behind Palsar Bus Depot
S. V. Road
Kandivali (W)
Mumbai – 400067
Phone: 2860-3500
Movie Time The Hub,
Western Express Highway,
Goregaon (East),
Mumbai
Phone: 6506-6000
24 Karat 181, S. V. Rd,
Jogeshwari (W)
Mumbai
Phone: 6678-9888

Fun Republic          New Link Road,                info@ecity.esselgroup.com
                       Andheri-West, Mumbai – 53   Phone: 2673 4343

Orama 4D        Atria shopping Mall  022-24813380

Maxus              Near Bhayander flyover(west) (6 screens multiplex)Phone :22922866

Kulraj Broadway   Dwan Kuldip Singh Nagar, evershine City,  vasai E,  mumbai – 401210. Phone :6454545